GCSE AQA English Literature Paper 1 and 2 Revision and Study Chat Watch
The exam timetable is:
Wednesday 13th May: Paper 1 (2484381)
Thursday 21st May: Paper 2 (2484412)
How are you feeling about these exams? Do you feel prepared? What have you started doing to prepare for your exams? Comment down below!
1. Create revision resources, whatever they may be it needs to be what works for you. If writing out notes over and over doesn't work for you, please don't waste your time!
2. Use the revision guide to make your notes, the copy from the exam board is your best bet - rather than using copies from other sources.
3. Create a revision timetable if this works for you. Try TSR's tool here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/g/planner
4. Re-read your notes, repetition is the best method of drilling notes into your brain.
5. As it gets closer to the exams complete past papers. The more the better in the end!
This thread is for anyone studying GCSE English Literature(AQA)
. Chat below and find other students in the same situation as you! Help each other revise, study and share resources. Good luck everyone
Compare ‘London’ and one other poem about power from the power and conflict anthology
Notably, both poems ‘London’ and ‘Checking Out My History’ explore how patriarchal society and those in power can cause problems, showing the damaging effects of exploited children.
Blake demonstrates the effect of patriarchal society and its damaging effects in “Blight with plagues the marriage hearse.” The oxymoronic device used, emphasis the corrupt nature of the time and perhaps criticises Christanitys views on marriage. A marriage which is meant to be a symbol of love, that represents happiness and joy is tarnished with the sexually transmitted diseases Blake hints at(“plagues”). It suggests to the reader that the life of “new-born infants” are “cursed” due to male-dominated society of the 1800s, creating pathos for the poor and vulnerable children.The cyclic and monotonous lives of those living in London is explored through the use of a regular ABAB rhyme scheme and regular quatrains. Perhaps Blake is acknowledging the repetitive suffering that the exploited “Chimney sweepers” and “Youthful harlots” were forced into whilst living in London during the Industrial revolution. Furthermore, it is clear by all the emphasis on suffering children that his purpose was to demonstrate the damaging impacts on child exploitation and reveal the effects of male sexual desire within a highly patriarchal society. Ultimately it also being the last line of the poem offers no hope further adumbrating the suffering. This idea that society exploits children is also evident in Agard’s ‘Checking Out Me History’: “Dem tell me bout Lord Nelson and all that..Dem tell me...Shaka the great Zulu.” The use of Agard's colloquial spellings and references to important black historical figures forces readers to acknowledge his identity; which is similar to how Blake wished for the monarchy, at the time of his writing, to acknowledge the suffering of children in London. Moreover, the repetition of the collective noun “Dem”(them) emphasises his idea that people in power can corrupt others' knowledge - evident where children in French and British Imperialist countries fail to learn about and embrace Afro-Caribbean culture. Structurally, Agard's use of enjambment reflects the angry tone of the poem where he is unable to control his emotions and in retrospect to Blake tries to show how people in power can be resisted by those being oppressed.
Ultimately, both Blake and Agard wish to express their anger towards the highly patriarchal society of the times they were writing and illustrate how they can corrupt and exploit children's lives. They both demonstrate the damaging effects of it, to the point where Blake feels as if there is no sense of hope for their futures. Agard, on the other hand, wishes to make a statement about how it is possible to fight back.
In the 24 mark question it is important you analyse language,structure&form and what the poem is saying- in the mark scheme you get marks for answers that are 'conceptualised'; in reference to the poem as a whole. My advice for this question would be to spend a few minutes annotating features that STAND OUT or you can write a lot about instantly. Even if it is one simile, it is better than picking a mediocre argument about many quotes. I also recommend you split your work into paragraphs, (language, the significance of title etc) and another for (structure, form, sounds) this way you won't get carried away writing too much. Then talk about effects on the reader and why you think the poet chose to present the image/theme in this way.
For question 2 in the section you get almost no marks for a 'conceptual' response- it isn't in the mark scheme; eg. The writer creates a sense of fear in this poem gets 0. Instead talk about the writers choice of language/structure and how they are similar or differ eg; the writer uses caesuras frequently in the poem to create...blablabla. Try and construct your answer in relation to the whole poem since you have no time to make individual statements. You should spend 10 MAX 15 minutes on this answer. Make sure you compare the poems and don't worry looking for both language and structure. Just like the language paper, if you can't find anything to say about structure don't waste time and write about 2/3 language comparisons instead
I hope this helps, I am also a y11 student so I am not perfect! If you need more help feel free to message me. Also I know this did not really answer 'how do I analyse my own texts' but is more exam help
These are the texts I studied:
- A Christmas Carol
- Short Stories
- Poetry - Love and Relationships
- Unseen poetry
Exam board: AQA
Good luck with your GCSE’s guys! ☺